Map key Overview map Introduction Background The route Natural environment Preparation Getting there and back Navigation Accommodation Food and drink Amenities and services What to take Safety and emergencies About this guide The Loire Cycle Route Prologue Getting to the start Upper Loire Stage 1 Gerbier de Jonc to Goudet Stage 2 Goudet to Le Puy-en-Velay Stage 3 Le Puy-en-Velay to Retournac Stage 4 Retournac to Aurec-sur-Loire Stage 5 Aurec-sur-Loire to Feurs Stage 6 Feurs to Roanne Stage 7 Roanne to Digoin Middle Loire Stage 8 Digoin to Bourbon-Lancy Stage 9 Bourbon-Lancy to Decize Stage 10 Decize to Nevers Stage 11 Nevers to La Charite-sur-Loire Stage 12 La Charite-sur-Loire to Sancerre Stage 13 Sancerre to Briare Stage 14 Briare to Sully-sur-Loire Stage 15 Sully-sur-Loire to Orleans Lower Loire Stage 16 Orleans to Beaugency Stage 17 Beaugency to Blois Stage 18 Blois to Amboise Stage 19 Amboise to Tours Stage 20 Tours to Brehemont Stage 21 Brehemont to Saumur Stage 22 Saumur to Angers Stage 23 Angers to Montjean-sur-Loire Stage 24 Montjean-sur-Loire to Ancenis Stage 25 Ancenis to Nantes Stage 26 Nantes to St Brevin-les-Pins (St Nazaire) Appendix A Stage summary table Appendix B Facilities summary table Appendix C Tourist information offices Appendix D Youth hostels and gites d'etape Appendix E Useful contacts Appendix F Language glossary
This guide describes a 1052km cycle route that starts at the source of the Loire in the Massif Central mountains of central France and finishes at the Atlantic opposite St Nazaire. It descends past extinct volcanoes, crater lakes and deep gorges before joining EuroVelo route 6 and the fully waymarked Loire a Velo, Frances most popular cycle trail. Following the river downstream in 26 stages, the route is generally downhill or level often on dedicated traffic-free cycle tracks. Packed with a wealth of useful information - from practical planning advice to fascinating insights about the river and its surroundings - the guidebook features detailed route descriptions and informative mapping. Details of facilities and places to stay, and a French glossary are included. The route goes through the heart of France as the Loire becomes the royal river, bounded by extravagant chateaux, fields of Charolais cattle and vineyards. It passes through historic cities like Orleans and Tours, continuing past Angers and Frances fourth largest city Nantes.